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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 file photo, Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, wait to receive aid at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan. A key U.N. aid agency says needs for humanitarian assistance have ballooned this year because of COVID-19, projecting that a staggering 235 million people — who together would make up the world's fifth most-populous country — are likely to require such help next year for troubles like the pandemic as well as war, forced migration and the impact of global warming (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UN: Pandemic to fan surge in humanitarian needs in 2021

Dec. 1, 2020 4:06 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian office says needs for assistance have ballooned to unprecedented levels this year because of COVID-19, projecting that a staggering 235 million people will require help in 2021. This comes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and global challenges including conflicts,...

In this photo released from Cyprus' Press and Informations Office, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, left, United Nations Secretary General advisor Jane Holl Lute, left, and Cyprus' foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, center, talk during their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Lute is meeting both leaders separately in order to prepare the ground for reunification talks. (Stavros Ioannides / Cyprus' Press and Informations Office via AP)

Turkish Cypriot leader wants new direction for Cyprus talks

Dec. 1, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said Tuesday efforts to resolve Cyprus’ ethnic division should start fresh and aim to achieve a two-state deal, because decades of negotiations for a federation-based agreement have got nowhere. Tatar said a regional “new state of...

Tigrayan women who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, pray during Sunday Mass at a church, near Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UN: Food has run out for nearly 100,000 refugees in Ethiopia

Dec. 1, 2020 8:59 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations says food has now run out for the nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea who have been sheltering in camps in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which has been cut off from the world for nearly a month amid fighting. “Concerns are growing by the...

A cat sits next to a homeless woman sleeping on the Mediterranean Sea corniche in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, July 19, 2020. Lebanon should quickly form a reform-minded government to carry out badly needed reforms to help get the tiny country out of its severe economic crisis where the Real GDP growth is projected to contract nearly 20% in 2020 and a crash in local currency led to triple-digit inflation rates, the World Bank said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

World Bank warns of 'prolonged depression' in Lebanon

Dec. 1, 2020 8:52 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s economy faces an “arduous and prolonged depression,” with real GPD projected to plunge by nearly 20% because its politicians refuse to implement reforms that would speed up the country’s recovery, the World Bank said Tuesday. It said Lebanon should...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad talks during a joint statement along with Nobel Peace Laureat Denis Mukwege and European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, at European Council's Europa building in Brussels.  Murad says the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line.”  The 27-year-old activist, who was forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State fighters in Iraq, says curfews, lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by governments to slow the spread of the virus “have had unintended consequences on women worldwide.” (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

Dec. 1, 2020 2:00 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line.” The 27-year-old activist, who was forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State fighters...

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed responds to questions from members of parliament at the prime minister's office in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The fugitive leader of Ethiopia's defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues

'Stop the madness,' Tigray leader urges Ethiopia's PM

Nov. 30, 2020 4:00 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness” and withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues “on every front” two days after Abiy declared...

A group of protesters burn pictures of the U.S. President Donald Trump, top, and the President-elect Joe Biden in a gathering in front of Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, a day after the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh an Iranian scientist linked to the country's nuclear program by unknown assailants near Tehran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran's supreme leader vows revenge over slain scientist

Nov. 28, 2020 4:45 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Saturday demanded the “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing of a scientist who led Tehran's disbanded military nuclear program, as the Islamic Republic blamed Israel for a slaying that has raised fears of reignited tensions across the...

Tigray men who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, run to recieve cooked rice from charity organization Muslim Aid, at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed again ruled out dialogue with the leaders of the defiant Tigray region Friday but said he was willing to speak to representatives

Ethiopia declares victory as military takes Tigray capital

Nov. 28, 2020 3:56 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia's military has gained “full control” of the capital of the defiant Tigray region, the army announced Saturday, and the prime minister said the taking of Mekele marked the “completion” of an offensive that started nearly four weeks ago. The regional...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference on the situation in Lebanon.  France and the U.N. will host a new conference next week about aid to Beirut after its devastating port explosion in August, amid political deadlock and a worsening economic crisis in Lebanon, the French presidency said Friday, Nov. 27. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, Pool)

France, UN to host new Lebanon aid conference amid deadlock

Nov. 27, 2020 8:04 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France and the U.N. will host a new conference next week about aid to Beirut after its devastating port explosion in August, amid political deadlock and a worsening economic crisis in Lebanon, the French presidency said Friday. Thousands of Lebanese are struggling to repair homes damaged in...

Relatives carry the dead body of a boy who was killed by a mortar shell attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

EU, other donors step up with funds to help Afghanistan

Nov. 24, 2020 3:52 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The European Union, the United States and other donors on Tuesday pledged billions in new funds for Afghanistan, hoping to salvage years of work aimed to foster peace and stability in the country and coax along uncertain peace talks between the government and Taliban rebels — at a time...